With more than eighteen years in the gaming industry and sixteen years in higher education, Reine Abbas is one of the first female game designers in the Middle East and the first to be a founder of a video games company. She is the CEO and Co-Founder of Wixel Studios, the first independent gaming company in Lebanon and one of the first in the MENA Region. She is also the founder and managing Partner of SPICAtech, one of the few gaming academies in the region. While actively involved as an entrepreneur and business owner, Rein Abbas continues to be an educator and mentor. Since 2003 she is a university professor of 2D and 3D Animation and Production, and Game Design. She is one of the official jurors of the International Mobile gaming awards. Abbas’ work has been recognized around the world and she has won many awards: October 2021, SPICAtech is a winner of the Jury Choice of the Innovator Entrepreneur of the iValues Awards Mena, produced by Friedrich Naumann Foundation. Inc.com’s World’s five most powerful women in gaming in 2013, One of The World’s 100 Most Powerful Arab Women in both 2014 and 2015 as selected by ArabianBusiness.com. Mena Region winner in the Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards of 2019. In 2019, she also won 4 International Best Animation awards She was featured in Forbes 2019 and was a TEDx Beirut speaker in 2011. Recently selected by Gamesindustry.biz magazine as one of the world's 100 game-changers.
17 November 2022 | 12:00 - 12:20 | English | Education simply doesn’t make sense anymore!
We are spending billions of dollars on standardised testing, we gather enormous troves of incredible data, and then we fail to use them to actually help students or the education system and we did not allow real educational innovation to occur. It's time to try something different!!